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New contract terms for fitness memberships in Shanghai

A seven-day full-refund period has been included in the new version of the city’s sports and fitness industry membership contract to protect the interests of consumers and regulate the market, city authorities announced on Monday. The grace period enables consumers…
ChinaEconomy

Study finds smoking and poverty go hand in hand

Smokers face a higher chance of living in poverty, according to a study by Beijing Normal University (BNU). The rate of family poverty among smokers is 23.61 percent, nearly double the figure of 13.81 percent among non-smokers, according to the study conducted by…
ChinaSociety

Yoozoo Games chairman dies after being allegedly poisoned

Lin Qi, 39, chairman and founder of Yoozoo Games Co Ltd, died on December 25 after allegedly being poisoned by a colleague. Lin passed away despite medical treatment, the Shanghai-based gaming company said in a statement issued on December 25, adding its operations remain…
SocietyWorld

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

Britain left the EU on January 31, 2020, but ties between the bloc and its former member remained unchanged during a so-called transition period while both sides tried to work out a new trading relationship. With that standstill period coming to an end on December 31, the…
SocietyWorld

Covid-19 cases top 80 million worldwide

More than 80 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been detected worldwide since the pandemic began a year ago and 1.76 million deaths, according to an AFP tally based on official figures at 0800 GMT Sunday. In total, 80,145,185 cases and 1,756,060 deaths have been…
ChinaSociety

One in five Chinese suffer from high blood pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in five Chinese people and kills more people than any other disease in the country, a leading cardiologist has warned. An estimated 300 million Chinese live with high blood pressure, with annual medical bills totaling…
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EU begins vaccine rollout as new virus strain spreads

The European Union began a vaccine rollout Saturday, even as countries in the bloc were forced back into lockdown by a new strain of the virus, believed to be more infectious, that continues to spread from Britain. The pandemic has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and…